Webinar: Effective Strategies for Engaging Your Community

The National Association of Counties (NACo), in partnership with the NADO Research Foundation, hosted a webinar on June 12, 2012, to train planners and other stakeholders on how to engage their communities. The webinar was recorded and is available for viewing here.

During this interactive online training, participants learn techniques to develop effective community engagement techniques for their planning programs and processes. Presenters  share recommendations for getting the message out via traditional and social media, and strategies for communicating with the general public.

Speakers included:

  • Robin Rather, CEO, Collective Strength, will present the most effective themes and word choices for discussing community projects.
  • Stephany Snowden, Public Information Director, Richland County, SC, will share best practices for developing an effective outreach plan for county activities.
  • Trudy Rice, Extension Association, K-State Research and Extension, Kansas State University, will discuss effective meeting formats and best practices for facilitating open dialogue.

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This event was  coordinated by the National Association of Counties (NACo) in partnership with the NADO Research Foundation, with support from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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Joe McKinney serves as Executive Director of the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO). Headquartered in Washington DC, NADO provides advocacy, education, research, and training for the nation’s 500+ regional planning and development organizations.

Joe has thirty-one years of experience having served in city, county, regional, national association, and government management since 1991. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy Analysis from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a candidate for a master’s degree in Public Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill.

McKinney has provided congressional testimony on numerous occasions regarding the importance of regional development organizations in helping shape the nation’s economic growth. He is nationally recognized for promoting innovative solutions in areas such as planning and economic development, workforce development, transportation and transit, and aging services.

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